Business Tools
Learn the steps to start a small business, get financing help from the government, and more.

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Start a Business
This wizard will guide you through aspects of starting a business and finding information you need to succeed. Some useful resources available in this wizard include information on Licenses and Permits, conducting Market Research etc.

Grow Your Business
Grow your Business helps users to find information and guidance that will help you manage and grow your business effectively.

Access Financing
Access Financing wizard will help you identify federal, state and local government financing resources that are available to help you start or expand your business.

Begin Exporting
The Begin Exporting wizard will help you determine your business’s preparedness for exporting and will guide you to the appropriate resources.

Expand Exporting
The Expand Exporting wizard will provide the businesses with assistance in areas of: Working Capital, Insurance, Financing and Project Support and will also provide users with useful resources to finance exporting for expanding their business.

Help with Hiring Employees
The Help with Hiring Employees wizard will help employers with resources that provide assistance and guidance with recruiting, hiring, training and retaining a strong workforce.

Find Opportunities
The Find Opportunity wizard provides users with a variety of federal government contracting programs and opportunities available to businesses based on answers to a few quick questions in the wizard.

Browse Resources for Veterans
The Veterans Wizard is designed to provide appropriate resources for eligible veterans owning or considering starting a small business.

Seek Disaster Assistance
The Disaster Assistance wizard will offer a wide range of federal government resources for disaster preparedness and disaster recovery such as Earthquakes, Tornadoes, Volcanoes, Hurricanes, etc.

Learn About Health Care Changes
The Health Care wizard can help you understand what you need to know about new insurance options and other health care changes as well as find health care related resources.

Learn About Taxes and Credits
The Taxes and Credits wizard will help you find resources that help business owners learn more about business expenses and tax credits and other resources based on eligibility.

Invest in the U.S.A.
Invest in the USA wizard will provide services and tools to help your firm be successful in the United States and connect with SelectUSA, the federal initiative to facilitate investment.

U.S. Small Business Administration Tools

Create a Business Plan
A business plan can serve as a road map for future success and is essential to obtaining financing. This step-by-step tool will guide you through the process of creating a basic, downloadable business plan at your own pace.

Get Online Training
Find self-paced online training courses, quick videos, web chats and more to help you learn about the many aspects of business ownership. You can also sort your selections by content type and topic.

Get Local Assistance
Find free, in-person professional business counseling, mentoring and training from an SBA Direct Office, SCORE chapter, Small Business Development Center or other SBA resource partner near you.

Find Events
SBA and resource partners host hundreds of training seminars and workshops throughout the country to help you start, manage and grow your business. Find training events near you with the Events Calendar.

Qualify for Government Contracts
Find out if your business is considered “small” by government, which may allow you to take advantage of valuable contracting opportunities reserved for small businesses.

Small Business Administration Tools
Other tools you might find useful from the Small Business Administration.